Are forms set to do concrete curbing?
No, a machine that extrudes the concrete into a continuous concrete border is used.
How long does the process take?
Depending on the shape, options and footage of the installation, it normally takes only 1 day.
Do you use reinforcement in your curbing?
Yes, in most cases reinforced fibers are used in the curbing. Verify this with the contractor.
Will the color fade over the years?
No, a sealer is applied to prevent fading. Resealing is good maintenance practice.
Will the curbing break?
All concrete will crack. To control cracking control joints every 24-36 inches to allow your curbing to expand and contract.
How will replacing my existing edging with curbing effect my landscaping?
We will remove the existing edging, and cut a 8-12 inch wide strip of sod away from the outside edge of your existing landscaping. This will allow them to extrude the curb against your current edge. If you have any sprinkler heads where the curb is to be extruded, these will need to be repositioned. If they are inside or outside the install area, your edging they will not be affected by the curbing installation process.
Will I be able to mow up against my curbing?
Your curbing will be as strong as 3000psi and will with stand your mowers weight to ride along the edge of the curbing. The blades of your mower will not damage your curbing, and will allow you to mow right up against it, resulting in less time spent weed eating around your landscaped areas.
Keep pets, children and objects away from the curb for at least 24 hours. The curb will feel hard to the touch at this point, but still needs a minimum of six (6) days to fully cure.
If it begins to rain within 6 hours after the installers leave the job, try to cover the curb with plastic. Make sure sprinkler systems do not come on for at least 24 hours. Irrigation, back wash from pool, condensate lines, or rain can damage the curb during the first 24 hours.
Sod laying, sprinkler work and landscape work can be started 24 hours after installation; however, caution must be taken as shovels, picks, and wheelbarrows can damage the curb for several days while it is fully curing.
If you have a landscape contractor working for you, caution him about protecting the curb from damage. If wheelbarrows are used for hauling material over the curb, put a mound of dirt over the curb (6" deep) or build a ramp over the curb to keep the weight from cracking it. Never allow a tractor or truck to run over the curb.
Once in a while curbing with color in it may look "splotchy" for a few days while it is curing. This will go away as it cures and should not to be confused with efflorescence.
Efflorescence (white powder substance) can appear on occasion and does not look good on curbing. It is generated from water sprinkling systems and can also appear after a rainstorm. The intensity of the efflorescence varies depending upon the type (hardness) of water and volume of water that gets on the curb. Check your sprinkler heads while the system is on and try to adjust them to minimize the amount of water spraying directly on the curb. If you have just planted sod and are watering frequently, efflorescence may appear more readily. Be patient, wait for your lawn to get established, and clean the curb after it dries. A solution of 50/50 vinegar and water with a light brushing will remove the efflorescence. You may have to do this a few times and eventually the efflorescence should go away.
When curbing is installed as a retrofit (grass already in place), there maybe a small amount of concrete on the ground between the new curb and grass. It is very difficult to remove all of this concrete while it is still wet. After a 24-hour curing period, it can be picked up in small pieces and thrown away. Since we have not included a return trip in the price of our curbing, we ask that you take a few minutes to remove the small amount of excess concrete that may have been left behind. This will allow your grass to grow back against the curb. You may want to place sand and/or dirt in this area as well if there are voids between the curb and grass.
Concrete curbing, like any other type of concrete, can and will crack. We experience very little cracking in our products.
Repairs can be difficult to make in colored concrete. It is very hard to get a perfect color match. Sometimes the "cure is worse than the ill." A hairline crack is much less noticeable than a patch or discoloration in the curbing.
If curbing is damaged after the installers leave the job, an installer can come back at your request and make necessary repairs; however, there is a $200.00 minimum charge for this service.
Your curbing has a one-year warranty against defects in materials and workmanship. It will be replaced at no charge if the defect is caused by the materials we use or the way it was installed.